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How to 'Dye" Easter Eggs With Silk Ties

A tutorial

I’ve been on kind of an Easter Egg decorating kick lately. There are just so many fun ways to dye and decorate Easter Eggs! When I grew up, it was either the little dye tablets or natural dyeing with onion skins. That’s all we ever did. Well, now the sky’s the limit. You can paint them, decoupage, wrap and crackle them. Turns out you can also print on them with silk ties.

Full step
how to dye easter eggs with silk ties

how to dye easter eggs with silk ties

Make sure the label says 100% Silk!

how to dye easter eggs with silk ties

Supplies Needed:
– Raw Eggs
– 100% Silk Ties (thrift store – check the label to make sure they’re 100% Silk)
– Scrap Fabric s.a. old sheet or pillow case
– Scissors
– Thread
– Old Pot or Pan***
– White Vinegar
– Water

*** Since I don’t know what kind of dye was used on the silk ties, I boiled my eggs in an old pot. You can pick one up at the thrift store for a couple bucks. Better safe than sorry!

how to dye easter eggs with silk ties

how to dye easter eggs with silk ties

Wrap the eggs in the silk and then again in the scrap fabric. Simmer the eggs and then let them cool completely. This is the hardest part!  The waiting ......

how to dye easter eggs with silk ties

Now, this is the fun part! The unwrapping of your little pieces of art. 

how to dye easter eggs with silk ties

Aren’t they beautiful? Two of my dyed easter eggs were much paler than the others. Upon inspection, I noticed that those silk ties had a label that reads “Stain Resistant”. This means they’ve been treated with something to keep them clean. It also means the dye won’t be released like on a non-treated tie. Those eggs are still lovely, tho.

how to dye easter eggs with silk ties

By the way, to make your Easter Eggs shiny, rub them with bacon fat. Oh, and I honestly am not sure if they’re still safe to eat. Err on the side of caution.

Full step by step tutorial at - link below


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  • Nmo11577676
    on Mar 5, 2018

    These are lovely, but can you use blown-out empty eggs instead of the boiled ones for this project?

  • Jan28755380
    on Mar 5, 2018

    What is the white vinegar, that you have listed, is used for what?

    • Beth
      on Nov 9, 2018

      I'm sure you add the vinegar to the boiling water. I have done that my whole life to keep the eggs from cracking while they boil!

  • Tessa
    on Mar 6, 2018

    Someone mentioned using paper mache eggs - can you boil them? Will the vinegar affect them? Thank you!

    • Fiberartsy
      on Mar 6, 2018

      I have not worked with paper mache a lot but seems to me it would make a big mess. Perhaps someone else knows for sure?

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  • Lana Abdullah
    on Mar 24, 2018

    The silk ties are on my thrift store list. Thank you for the beautiful idea.

  • LaQuita Clayton
    on Jan 9, 2019

    I have been using this technique for years, I usually use silk scarves as long as they are 100% you can reuse them for years.

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